My Skincare Routine!

One of my quasi-New Year’s Resolutions was to establish a big girl skin care routine. I’ve always made the effort to wash my face before bed and invest in a good charcoal mask, but that’s pretty much it.

So, on a recent visit to Sephora, I asked one million questions (shout out to the two ladies that patiently answered all my questions, they were troopers!), splurged on a serum, then headed home to digest more info online. And already, I’ve noticed SUCH a big difference in my skin. It feels healthy, hydrated, plump and zit-free, and most importantly, all that weird flaking is gone. If you care to learn more, I’ve included my daily routine below.

Note: I have combination skin, with a T-zone that tends to get oily throughout the day, and annoyingly stubborn dry patches. I’m prone to hormonal breakouts and have some redness and discoloration around my nose. In case you were wondering, ha.


I begin by cleansing my face with Glossier’s Milk Jelly Cleanser. I dampen my face first, apply the cleanser, then massage it in using circular motions. It’s gentle and doesn’t strip the skin, which I love. After I rinse and pat dry, I soak a cotton pad with Glow Tonic and swipe that over my entire face. I had never heard of exfoliating toners (also known as acid toners) before, but I will never go back. Basically, it removes dead skin cells, promotes cell turnover, and swipes away any remaining dirt or makeup from the day. Fun fact: Glow Tonic is considered the affordable version of Lotion p50, which I had never heard of either but garners a crazy cult following among celebrities and makeup artists.

After Glow Tonic sets in, I spritz my face with La Roche Posay Serozinc, which has only three ingredients and targets excess oil and breakouts. Also, it just feels really nice. Next up: RAW SAUCE! I talked about it in this post, and I’m obsessed (Kevin requests that I put it on his face too, lol). I’ll be honest, I’m not entirely sure what it does besides inject a boost of hydration into my face, but either way, it smells like a spa and a little goes a long way. I’m hooked. Lastly, my Origins Serum locks all the goodness in and smooths any roughness or unwanted texture. On a day I’m feeling extra dehydrated or dry, I’ll top it off with a little bit of Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer.



My night time routine starts the same, with Glossier and Glow Tonic (see above). After reading endlessly positive reviews about iS Clinical Active Serum, I was lucky enough to find it heavily discounted on Poshmark. It’s CRAZY expensive, but the stuff works (this was the article that convinced me to go for it). I’ve seen it marked down on Ebay as well. Depending on the day, I’ll spot treat with Clean & Clear’s Persa-Gel, which zaps pimples while you sleep. That’s it! Off to bed I go.

Once a week

Once or twice I week, I do an extra exfoliation with my holy grail beauty product. It’s probably the harshest product I use, but it’s been the most effective for removing dry skin cells and always leaves my face feeling so refreshed. Plus, it’s super satisfying and kind of weird — you rub the smooth gel into your skin until it forms little balls. On days when my pores are clogged, I’ll do the Three Times Sublime blackhead mask (a little tip: do your face masks after a hot bath when your pores are open).

One thing I’ve learned on this skincare journey: hydration, even if you’re on the oily side, is your friend. I’ve always tried to dry out my face to combat the oils, but now I’m realizing that the harsh cleansers and drying face peels just caused my skin to overcompensate with more oil. Now that my skin is properly hydrated, it’s actually less oily. It’s a balancing act.

What are your favorite skincare products? Let me know if you’d like to see my five minute makeup routine and I’ll get on it!

11 thoughts on “My Skincare Routine!

  1. Awesome post; thanks for sharing these tips. Could you shed some light on the types of questions you asked the ladies at Sephora? Or if you found any good websites that helped guide your research?

    My friend swears by Paula’s Choice reviews, which I look at sometimes.

  2. Thanks for this Joy, I’m almost out of many of my current products and had been feeling meh about them, so I’m excited to learn about some new-to-me ones to try.

  3. Would love to hear your thoughts on Pai products! I recently heard about the brand (they target sensitive skin) and I’m so curious if it’s worth the investment. Thanks!!

  4. Joy, I love a skincare routine so really enjoyed this! I’ve been interested in the Serozinc for a long time so may have to finally check it out. And if you notice this question, have you had any problems with using the Glow Tonic everyday?

    • Jessica, I use it once or sometimes twice a day and haven’t noticed any problems! It doesn’t have alcohol so it isn’t quite as strong as other exfoliating toners. One skincare blogger described it as a “starter” acid toner. Hope this helps! XO

  5. Do any of these things have SPF? I am SO in need of a good, light SPF moisturizer that doesn’t have any nasty ingredients and doesn’t break the bank!

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